love and butterflies

copyright c e ayr

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love and butterflies

once upon a time
I saw a butterfly
whimsically twinkling
through the brightly hued garden
of life
making me smile
brightening my existence
alighting for but a moment
on each flower in my soul
eclipsing the radiance of each petal
nurturing my wonder
giving pleasure

* * *

by her very nature
her joy-bringing was ephemeral
but in that brief second
I savoured her magic
her elegance
her effortless grace
and I was lifted by her beauty

* * *

what a gift she inspired
just by being
what a gift to teach
with no word
the purest of all of life’s lessons
that which you cherish
but for a fragment of an instant
enriches for all eternity

* * *

I held her for that fraction
watched the colours fade
too fast
released her
with a smile
and a tear
of a sudden
the saddest lesson
of them all

you cannot love a butterfly
by pinning it to a wall
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18 Responses to love and butterflies

  1. Bridgette says:

    You’ve made my morning with your beautiful poetry and voice.


  2. Penny L Howe says:

    Hi, Brian. Perhaps love is not so much ethereal as it is eternal. Memories of short-lived but beautiful winged butterflies are poignant though, aren’t they? Reminding one of a lightness of being. Which is one of the wonders of loving and being loved. For many it never goes away, whether near or far. Always there, B


    • ceayr says:

      Hi Penny, I leave it to you and your superior wisdom to define love! But yes, very beautiful and of course eternal, despite being short-lived in another sense.
      As you say, for some of us it never goes away. Always there, P.


  3. I am sick as a dog with a dreadful cough/cold/virus thing (not COVID). Your voice reading this beautiful poem was medicine for my soul. 🌹


  4. Cassa Bassa says:

    This is outstanding work! I enjoyed the reading words very much. Tender and sad.


  5. jenne49 says:

    So beautiful, the words have the rhythm and sensitivity of a butterfly landing on a flower.
    And your reading fits the delicacy of the poem perfectly.
    I think Susan has said it well.


  6. Lovely poem. One of my favourite pastimes walking through butterfly sanctuaries.


  7. ladysighs says:

    I agree with Susan. It is a lovely poem and tenderly read.
    I just happened to be writing of butterflies too. 🙂

    Six Sentence Story – Her Will She Wove


  8. johncoyote says:

    Amazing. Your voice, wonderful and perfect for verbal poetry.


  9. Your reading of this breathtaking poem was itself a moment in something larger than life. ❤

    Liked by 1 person

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